The University of Szeged, Faculty of Economics and Business Administration considers it exceptionally important to provide an environment which is free from negative discrimination and which respects human dignity. Formulating opinions openly and debating them is an inherent part of university education. As a university citizen, you shall meet and be exposed to alternative opinions but it must not result in violating human dignity or be a tool for discrimination or abuse.
What shall I do if I experience negative discrimination, bullying or harassment as a university student?
If you experience discrimination or disrespectful or offensive speech from your fellow students in the framework of a course, e.g. during a class or in an online communication related to a course (especially in Coospace), please contact the teacher of the course. Depending on the nature and significance of the problem, the teacher will try to discuss the issue in the framework of the course – together with the students involved – or they will contact the colleagues in charge. If you feel that the relevance of the discrimination justifies, you have the option to contact the head of the Committee for Equality and Diversity.
If you experience discrimination or disrespectful or offensive speech from your fellow students not related to a course, you shall contact directly the head of the Committee for Equality and Diversity.
If you experience bullying or harassment or be a victim of bullying and harassment, besides the head of the Committee for Equality and Diversity, you can contact directly the dean of the Faculty.
If you experience disrespectful or offensive speech, discrimination, bullying and harassment or retaliation from a teacher or other colleagues of the Faculty, besides the head of the Committee for Equality and Diversity, you can contact directly the dean of the Faculty.
The colleagues of the Faculty will do everything in their power to handle your complaint successfully. Please consider that sharing the offensive comment or the case of discrimination on social media sites – especially if the discrimination happened at a closed university platform – will not necessarily promote to solve the problem but may intensify it and violate personal rights.
If you lodge a complaint in the above described way, you help us to be able to handle the problem quickly and effectively at the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration. Besides, you have the right to:
The way of communication and especially the language has a great importance with regard to equality. Communication may contribute to raising awareness, changing mindsets and promoting equality. On the other hand, it can also be a tool of exclusion or oppression.
What does discriminatory speech mean? Discriminatory speech is when the content or the way of communication violates human dignity of others, humiliate others, makes assumptions about the beliefs or protected attributes of the listeners (e.g. sex, race, colour, culture, sexual orientation, disability, health condition); and/or when it suggests that some may be superior compared to others based on a protected attribute; and/or when it builds on stereotypes.
Non-discriminatory (inclusive) language means that the content or the way of communication makes no assumptions about the beliefs and protected attributes of the listener; it does not suggest anyone being superior in any way based on sex, race, colour, age, culture, sexual orientation, disability or any other characteristics; it is free of stereotypes to the greatest extent possible.